Heading into Week 2 there were a number of interesting statistical questions that were posed. Most of these questions were about the ability of batters to actually get the ball to fly over the wall. Those questions were answered in part this past Sunday, as 37 players went yard – compared to the 27 players in New York and Philly COMBINED on opening day. Of all the players who took the ball deep, the homerun king of the day was none other than regional director Rob Longiaru, who mashed 12 homeruns all together and 5 in one game (against he NY Bandits).
This might lead one to assume that it was a monster hitting day – you would be mistaken. In fact, only three players hit to the tune of .400 or better on Sunday, while 14 different gentlemen batted under the Mendoza line of .200. Interestingly, the only three guys to hit .400 (Jerry Ceccio of the NY Screwballs, Anthony D’Auria of the NY Playaz, and Ryan of the team HV), none of their teams even made it as far as a 5th place exit game.
The numbers become even more confusing when you bring pitching into the equation. Indeed, there were only two guys on the field who did not give up a run on Sunday, yet only 10 posted an .ERA above 5.00. So what is going on here?! Are runs being scored or not? Are guys hitting the ball or not? Despite 12 pitches being responsible for 10 or more runs on the day, on 14 guys were able to drive in 10 or more runs. Even more odd is that only two guys were able to get 15 or more hits on the day – and they both played for the NY Hammerheads.
Here’s one final mind-numbing stat for you to wrap your head around. There were 726 total bases collected on the day. Those total bases resulted in 282 runs scored. Why is that weird? It’s weird because this means that for every run scored 2.6 basses were collected. This means that there are 1.4 bases not accounted for in each run that was scored. Well, where did those bases go?
The answer: WALKS!! There were 265 walks this past Sunday! That means that for every run that was scored, a walk was responsible for 35% of that run. And which team had the most collective walks on the day? You guessed it, the Minutemen.
So, when you wonder how on earth the minutemen are the best ranked team in the country with a sub .300 batting average and only 10 total team homeruns after two events, you should keep in mind that they know how to maximize their ratio of runs scored to runs allowed. This week, they did it with walks.